Polish Lowland Sheepdog Information
De Warrige Witte Kennel, Netherlands
Consider Aromatherapy for your PONS
September 15, 2006, Vol. 229, No. 6, Pages 964-967
Aromatherapy for travel-induced excitement in dogs
Deborah L. Wells, PhD
Canine Behaviour Centre, School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK. (Wells)
Objective—To evaluate the efficacy of the ambient odor of lavender as a treatment for travel-induced excitement in dogs.
Animals—32 dogs with a history of travel-induced excitement in owners' cars.
Procedures—Each dog was studied during travel in the owner's car to a familiar walking site during 2 conditions of olfactory stimulation. The first condition was a control condition, during which dogs were exposed to no odor other than that arising naturally from the environment. The second condition was an experimental condition during which dogs were exposed to the ambient odor of lavender. Dogs' behavior was recorded during the car journey for 3 consecutive days under the control condition and for 3 consecutive days under the experimental condition. The percentage of time spent moving, standing, sitting, resting, and vocalizing in each condition of olfactory stimulation was quantified for each dog.
Results—Dogs spent significantly more time resting and sitting and less time moving and vocalizing during the experimental condition. There was no significant relationship between dogs' behavior and sex, castration status, day, or the order of exposure to each olfactory condition.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Traditional treatments for travel-induced excitement in dogs may be time-consuming, expensive, or associated with adverse effects. Aromatherapy in the form of diffused lavender odor may offer a practical alternative treatment for travel-induced excitement in this species.
For those who are not familiar with Aromatherapy, I would like to explain a little more about it.
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, with the objective of enhancing a physical, and emotional sense of well-being through inhalation and massage of essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants and are chosen for their individual therapeutic qualities that are stimulating, refreshing and sedative. Aromatherapy also blends perfectly with other natural healing modalities including herbal therapies.
Aromatherapy is also referred to as the fragrant art of using selected aromatic oils for therapeutic purposes. It is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the world and is recognized as one of the most natural and holistic treatments available in modern times.
Aromatherapy does not aim to treat disease. Its aim is to release feelings of well-being, harmony and improved mental and physical health.
Does your PON experience motion
sickness ? Consider the following formula under the supervision of your
PONS sometimes become depressed during false pregnancies , and under the supervision of your vet, you may wish to try a Lavender formula:
The balancing properties of Lavender can correct emotional problems and feelings of instability. It has a calming effect.
Do NOT add any essential oils directly to water, as they will not mix water and will rise and stay on the surface. On the other hand, you can use essential oils diluted with base oils such as olive, safflower, jojoba, almond or any other vegetable oil.
Do NOT use essential oils internally and I advise owners to contact a holistic veterinarian when using aromatherapy. Please keep us updated on the success of trying aromatherapy with your PONS !